Tag Archives: Egypt

الطابور، لبسمة عبد العزيز / The Queue by Basma Abdel-Aziz

For April we’re switching things up again and reading a book available only in Arabic: الطابور، لبسمة عبد العزيز (The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz). A brief summary of the book from Ahram Online: “The novel by Abdel-Aziz mixes fantasy … Continue reading

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مترو، لمجدي الشافعي / Metro by Magdy El Shafee

For March we’re switching things up and reading a graphic novel: مترو، لمجدي الشافعي / Metro by Magdy el-Shafee, translated by Chip Rossetti. A brief summary of the book from Goodreads: “A brilliant portrait of a bank robbery and two friends’ breakneck escape … Continue reading

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الحرب في بر مصر، يوسف القعيد‎ / War in the Land of Egypt by Yusuf al-Qa’id

For February we’re reading الحرب في بر مصر، يوسف القعيد‎ / War in the Land of Egypt by Egyptian author Yusuf al-Qa’id, which ranks at #4 on the Arab Writers Union’s list of the best 105 Arabic novels of the 20th century. It … Continue reading

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اللجنة، صنع الله إبراهيم / The Committee by Sonallah Ibrahim

In October we’re reading اللجنة، صنع الله إبراهيم / The Committee by Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim, translated by Mary St. Germain and Charlene Constable. A brief summary of the book from AUC Press: “Sonallah Ibrahim has been called the Egyptian Kafka. And … Continue reading

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عزازيل، يوسف زيدان / Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan

For September we’re reading عزازيل، يوسف زيدان / Azazeel by Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan, which won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2009. It was translated  by Jonathan Wright. A brief summary of the book from IPAF: “Set in the … Continue reading

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ثرثرة فوق النيل، نجيب محفوظ / Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

In May we’re reading ثرثرة فوق النيل، نجيب محفوظ / Adrift on the Nile by Egyptian Author Naguib Mahfouz, translated by Frances Liardet. A brief summary of the book from AUC Press: “It is the late sixties, and for the group … Continue reading

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مالك الحزين، إبراهيم أصلان / The Heron by Ibrahim Aslan

For April we’re reading مالك الحزين، إبراهيم أصلان / The Heron by Egyptian author Ibrahim Aslan, which is #41 on the Arab Writers Union’s list of the best 105 Arabic novels of the 20th century. It was translated by Elliott Colla. A brief … Continue reading

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